GBAY Student Auction Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

Posted: April 19, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: April 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

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By Beth Pullias

GBAY took place in the Johnson Center atrium. Photo by Gopi Raghu, Connect2Mason

GBAY took place in the Johnson Center atrium. Photo by Gopi Raghu, Connect2Mason

However, the event was very much geared toward the bottom line. The fourth annual GBAY Auction hosted by the Mason Ambassadors raised nearly $5,000 this year for the George Mason general scholarship fund. This fund helps students who have exhausted all other means of financial support.

“Four years ago, the former dean of admissions tasked the Mason Ambassadors to do a large philanthropic-based project,” says Lauren Wagner, senior counselor and advisor to the Mason Ambassadors. “It has truly become a 100 percent student-run and student-organized event.” The Mason Ambassadors are a group of students who work with Admissions to encourage pride among the Mason community by promoting the unique traditions and opportunities that define Mason. They also help introduce Mason to a new class of Patriots each year.

This year, students had 46 items to bid on in the live auction, as well as silent auction items. Some of the other items were a spa package to Aveda Georgetown Salon and Spa, two winery tours and tastings and tickets to local Washington, D.C., attractions.

Of course, there were plenty of Mason Dining options to name a food item in a variety of venues around campus—a popular feature of GBAY since its beginnings. This year students had the opportunity to bid on naming and creating their own sandwich at La Pat, a burger at the Rat and pizza at Pilot House.

So what fetched the highest price this year? You guessed it: lunch with Dr. Cabrera and two friends. The lunch went for $270.

Over the last four years approximately $38,000 has been raised for the general scholarship fund, benefitting 30 to 50 students annually.

“Students get this feeling that because the university is so young that we are leaving our mark. It’s a really great thing to be a part of knowing that you’re giving back to something that you love and want to see grow bigger and better,” says Anna Haber, co-chair of GBAY and a junior accounting major.

Write to Beth Pullias at bpullias@gmu.edu

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